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Talking Point: Nintendo Switch OLED, Worth The Upgrade? Team NL Has A Chat

Switch OLED© Nintendo

A while back we shared a chat between a couple of Team NL’s members talking about the topic of “what is a game ‘developer'”? That was a nice little back and forth format in which we were chatting over a virtual cup of tea – or virtually but with actual cups of tea and coffee… you get the idea. We decided to revisit the format for a little chin-wag about the Nintendo Switch OLED Model, now that the dust has settled and many will have decided whether to bother chasing after pre-orders.

For this chat we have Gavin Lane, Kate Gray and Tom Whitehead talking semi-seriously about Nintendo’s latest Switch iteration. What do we think? Who will buy it? Does it look like a stormtrooper?

Let’s get right into it.

Gavin: I should preface everything I’m about to say with the fact that I’m the dude who bought four 3DSs. I am that idiot. I traded in my original Aqua and my subsequent red XL to upgrade, but have since gone back and got them again. I may have a problem. How many 3DSssss did you two buy?

Kate: Two, technically, but I swapped one in for the New Nintendo 3DS… XL… plus??? I have technically owned three Switches: One was an impulse buy (from NL Director Ant, four years ago); one was an impulse buy because it came with a ton of supermarket loyalty points (which I spent on a fancy toothbrush) but then I immediately felt guilty and sold it; the third is the one I got for work because the first one is Drift Central. I should not be allowed to have a credit card.

Tom: I had the original, which I then traded for an XL, then got the ‘ambassador’ little New 3DS that gives me hand cramps but has Xenoblade coverplates and coloured buttons, so the cramps are worth it.

Gavin: Okay, so varying degrees of idiocy… sorry, enthusiasm for Nintendo products, then! First up, after all the rumours and hype, what did you think when the ‘new’ console was finally revealed?

Switch OLED Tabletop© Nintendo

Tom: I’d actually expected an ‘XL’, because anything with new chipsets is a no-go this year for practical reasons, so I wasn’t ‘disappointed’ as a result. I just thought “oh dear, that won’t go down well”.

Kate: Mostly, I just thought, “oh no, everyone is going to be so angry.” And I was right about that, at least!

But personally, I just got a new Switch, so I’m good for the time being. Hopefully the base Switches miiiiight be cheaper now?

Gavin: I think the main barrier to price reduction on the ‘base’ model at the moment is that, from a business perspective, there’s zero reason for Nintendo to reduce the price — Switch is still selling huge numbers. The hardware itself is getting prettttttty long in the tooth, but there’s still huge demand so I don’t see a blanket reduction in the near future. Perhaps we’ll see some deeper discounts and bigger deals on the regular version come Black Friday and Holiday season, though.

I bought the ‘Slightly Better Battery’ Switch using the excuse that my mum could buy my old one off me to play Animal Crossing. Cheap, I’m not a monster.

My first thought seeing it was “ooo, sexy new dock”, actually.

Tom: Funny you noticed the dock, as the OLED is really all about handheld play. As someone who plays portable 90% of the time it’s hard not to consider a trade-in upgrade, but if you play on a TV there’s pretty much no point. It is a pretty dock though.

Gavin: I play maybe 75% docked… which makes the OLED Switch make even less sense for me! As established above, though, I‘ve got a problem. I bought the ‘Slightly Better Battery’ Switch using the excuse that my mum could buy my old one off me to play Animal Crossing. Cheap, I’m not a monster.

Kate: I’m also 90% portable, but as you might have read on my piece about burn-in… I’m a bit too afraid of burn-in. I know a bunch of people said it’s not a problem, but I don’t want to be anxious about it!

Tom: No Tik-Tok on Switch, you’ll be fine!

Gavin: I totally understand that anxiety. I’ve had an OLED TV for a few years now, and I’m pretty active when it comes to changing channels and running the in-built pixel shifter program. Feels like I’m having to nurse the tech at times. Worth it, though. I’m still amazed when it displays black and you can’t tell if the screen is on or not.

What are our feelings on the price?

Kate: I already forgot what the price was. $ 50 more? That seems reasonable to me; it’s a new model with a few minor but much-needed updates. I’m mostly relieved to see that grille at the top getting more fins, that was the bane of my life.

I have a theory that Nintendo was going to announce this during E3, as a minor upgrade that helps them keep up with Switch demand, and then they saw the hype, and just… completely backed out.

Tom: I think the price is fair for what should be a good screen upgrade (albeit, predictably, there’s ‘surprise’ that Nintendo is making a profit on each unit), as it’s a bit bigger, higher quality and combined with other small improvements. It’ll be interesting to see how sales go, especially if Nintendo does Black Friday deals and game bundle promotions with the original model. Maybe the OLED will be the ‘premium’ one that ultimately does less numbers because of that extra $ 50. I doubt Nintendo will phase out the original in any way, for example.

Kate: I have a theory that Nintendo was going to announce this during E3, as a minor upgrade that helps them keep up with Switch demand, and then they saw the hype, and just… completely backed out. I feel a bit bad for them, because there’s no way they could have lived up to it.

Tom: Yeah, that seems very possible. Especially when you see those white Joy-Cons, almost a very deliberate Metroid Dread tie-in that would have slotted into the finale of the Direct. But the internet speculation may have spoiled it.

Gavin: It’s a bit much when you see some people blaming poor performance in third-party games on Nintendo for not supplying the extra juice of a Switch ‘Pro’ which the devs were apparently ‘relying’ on!

Kate: I wonder if they’re now scrambling to make the Pro… 👀

Tom: The internet chatter won’t significantly affect hardware development and strategy, in my opinion. Sales of the system are still massive, so the ‘noise’ online is a small percentage of the real world market. There’ll likely be an upgrade in the next couple of years, because the Switch is getting old, but I strongly believe the online talk will have had little impact on the end-product, it’ll be more about what major partners want, what research says will succeed etc.

Switch OLED BOTW2© Nintendo

Gavin: Agreed. I don’t see Nintendo getting jittery or riled up by internet hopes and dreams, or reports that conflated this SKU with whatever else is in the works. Certainly not while huge bundles of cash continue to roll in from the current console, anyhow.

And that really is what Switch OLED is: the current console with a bit bigger screen. My first reaction on seeing the Neon Red/Blue Joy-Con version was “Who the heck is going to buy that version?”, forgetting that there are still loads of people who don’t own a Switch, people who may well pick one up over the next couple of years. Nobody I know, but millions of people.

Kate: I thought, “who on earth would buy a Fortnite console?” and the answer is me, for work. There’s always someone.

Tom: Those Joy-Con colours are nice, mind!

Kate: I’m not won over by the white, personally… on a console, it’s fine; on a HANDHELD, it’s gonna get greasy. I know people in the comments are always quite upset that I’m implying they are all filthy beings, but humans are greasy! It’s just natural! Of course, you can take good care of it, or wear gloves, but who knows what’ll happen. It might yellow in the sun (it probably won’t).

Tom: At least the console is still black, and when the Joy-Con sticks pack-in after eight months we’ll buy different coloured ones anyway…

Gavin: Ha, sad as it is, getting fresh Joy-Cons is one of the big attractions for me. I gave my Slightly Better Battery Switch ones to my mum with my old console (see, told you I’m not a monster!) For me, I kinda like how the white dock will sit nicely next to my TV and blend with the living room a bit better. I’m paranoid about my gaming stuff spilling out of the office and taking over the whole flat. I saw a pic with the white PS5 and the Xbox… *thinks* Series S! They made a nice trio. I don’t own either of those consoles yet, but I like the idea.

Kate: I wonder if the people who do custom paint jobs are happy about having a white Switch, which probably makes a much better canvas…

Tom: Weirdly it was the only thing that nearly put me off, as every other box and gadget in my living room is black. Then I figured the dock would look nice and stand out, like a rebellious throwback hitting us with exciting new things like an ethernet input.

Kate: It looks like a stormtrooper. That’s the opposite of rebellious!

Tom: Oh no, now you’re putting me off it again!

OLED - Stormtrooper Edition© Nintendo

Gavin: For a moment while watching the reveal trailer, I thought the Switch logo on the front lit up!

Tom: Pro feature confirmed!

Gavin: Okay then, the billion dollar question(s): Will you be getting one, and why?

Kate: Nah. If I still had my Original Launch Switch™, I would consider the minor upgrade; as it is, I’m good. I miiiight get the Joy-Cons if they sell them separately, because my drift on the Old Switch is so bad that I can’t play games at all. I tried to fix it, but it just changed the direction of the drift

Tom: Oof, that’s not good. I will be, but it only makes sense doing it with a trade-in to take the edge off the price. As I said earlier I play almost exclusively in handheld, in fact my dock was only used for the first time in ages when grabbing docked screenshots for a review. So with that in mind I have some favourite games I’d like to play on a better / bigger screen, plus Metroid Dread of course!

Gavin: Oooh, Dread… Well, having established my idiocy from the off, of course I’ll be getting one. For me, as a package that comes with new Joy-Cons, a sexy new screen and a second dock (which I’ve wanted for my office for years now), it offers just enough. For sure, Nintendo knows what it’s doing by injecting this marginally premium version into the market, and I’m certain I won’t be the only father eyeing the new SKU and using the kids as an excuse to splash out come October time. They can have the old one, I’ll upgrade!

My kids are a tad young and I’ve got a few 3DSs knocking around, but you know. Any excuse.


Those are some of our thoughts on the OLED, but where do you stand? Are you thinking of getting one? Do you think it’ll sell well? Does it look like a stormtrooper? Let us know in the comments.

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Dante From Devil May Cry Has Entered the Resident Evil Village Chat

Resident Evil Village Chat

I feel that my love for Resident Evil Village’s Lady Dimitrescu is obvious at this point, as I continue to make desperate attempts to get senpai to murder—… I mean, notice me. However, fandom continues to do what it does best and has reminded me of another Capcom love I haven’t thought about since 2019.

Dante from Devil May Cry.

I feel like Dante is a man who needs no introduction, mostly because it’s difficult to put into words the amount of swagger one must possess to wield pistols called Ebony and Ivory.

As the son of a devil and a human, Dante has had an ongoing history of defeating his opponent in style (literally, cuz like, you get style points as you attack). Dante embraces the sort of cheesiness that you can’t help but smile at. Yes, he kicks all sorts of ass, but more importantly, he’ll make sure no slice of pizza is harmed in the process.

And really, there’s no other way we can accept Dante. He HAS to be a goofball armed with dad joke-level humor to compliment his attacks.

So take that personality and pair it with the frighteningly sophisticated charm of Lady Dimitrescu. Fandom noticed, rather quickly, that there were two in-game images that were perfect for this amount of chaos.

It wasn’t all jokes, though. Some users did have Dante doing his due diligence to help a lady in trying to defeat a man thing.

So why Dante in Resident Evil Village, of all things? To be honest, this urge to have two of Capcom’s finest start a friendship (with or without benefits, if that’s the headcanon you’re writing) isn’t the first time Dante’s been put into the Resident Evil Village world. There are now mods that turn Dante into Heisenberg, one of the four who serve Mother Miranda (the villain of Resident Evil Village).

It’s perfect considering the tension between Lady Dimitrescu and Heisenberg. I very much believe he would call her on the phone and cause her to make this face:

Picturing Dante as Heisenberg isn’t much of a stretch, either. Heisenberg waltzes in with this theatrical I’m a cool guy persona and is the only one who approaches Ethan with something other than KILL HIM WITH FIRE. Yes, he does stab Ethan, but compared to the other three, he’s the only one who attempts any sort of conversation, especially later in the game where, as we can see in the clip, he tries to get Ethan to work with him.

Mods aside, Dante and Resident Evil have a history together. After all, Devil May Cry was born out of a failed prototype of Resident Evil 4.

If you’ve ever wondered why Dante looks right at home in clearly haunted castles full of undead horrors and a woman who can slice your hand off after a manicure, that’s because it’s where he got his start … accidentally. Hideki Kamiya hadn’t planned on making Devil May Cry and was set to direct Resident Evil 4, but the attempt to make a cool, stylish action game didn’t fit with the RE vibe. Instead of the whole thing being scrapped, Devil May Cry was born.

So really, having a Dante and Lady Dimitrescu meme is just everything coming full circle. And here you thought you’d have to stretch your imagination to make that Lady Dimitrescu X Dante fic work. Fandom, as always, has found a way.

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WhatsApp fans get news they've been hoping for as chat app makes dramatic U-turn

WhatsApp users will no longer be blocked from sending messages or answering voice or video calls if they refuse to sign-up for the US company’s new terms and conditions. The world’s most popular messaging service has confirmed that it’s backtracking on its original plan to block anyone who hadn’t signed up to its new privacy policy by May 15, 2021. This controversial new small-print has been a long-running saga for the Facebook-owned firm, with the original change (and block for those who refused) due to come into force back in February.
However, after mass protests from its users – not to mention millions flooding rival messaging apps, WhatsApp pushed the deadline back into May 2021 to allow users more time to digest the new terms and conditions. Originally, those who refused to agree to the small-print would face a ban on sending messages and making calls.

Then, with just days to go until the block came into force, WhatsApp changed its mind yet again saying it would slowly start limiting features after the cut-off date to give users even more time to agree.

Now, things have taken yet another turn with a new post on WhatsApp’s website confirming that nobody will lose access to the app or any messaging features if they don’t agree to the terms.

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In the update to its blog post, WhatsApp says: “No one will have their accounts deleted or lose functionality of WhatsApp on May 15th because of this update. Considering the majority of users who have seen the update have accepted, we’ll continue to display a notification in WhatsApp providing more information about the update and reminding those who haven’t had a chance to do so to review and accept.

“We currently have no plans for these reminders to become persistent and to limit the functionality of the app.”

After a number of U-turns over this seemingly small update to the app, WhatsApp has saved the biggest until last. Why has WhatsApp removed its threat to block users and is allowing those who haven’t agreed to the small-print even more time to consider the changes? Well, if we had to guess, we’d think millions have yet to agree to its demands.

In fact, it really doesn’t take much detective work to find out there are many WhatsApp users who still aren’t happy with the proposed changes. Social media sites, like Twitter, are packed with people saying they simply won’t sign on the dotted line.

So, what’s the big deal with these new T&Cs?

When WhatsApp first announced its updated terms towards the end of last year, many loyal users were concerned that it signalled more data-sharing between the chat app and its parent company Facebook.

However, WhatsApp is keen to point out that this is not the case. In the new message, the company says, “We can’t read or listen to your personal conversations, as they are end-to-end encrypted. This will never change. We’re making it easier to chat with businesses to ask questions and get quick answers. Chatting with businesses is optional.”

The upcoming changes do not enable Facebook to access any more data from your personal chats. In fact, it will only impact conversations with a business account – like a customer care line for an online brand, for example.

Even then, the data that can be accessed between these optional interactions with business accounts will not apply in the UK or mainland Europe, thanks to tough EU regulations on data-sharing practices.

So, if you haven’t signed up you can breathe a sigh of relief for now …just be warned that WhatsApp may change its mind in the future.

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Prince Harry 'full of contrasts' discussing Charles in latest Oprah chat – 'total neglect'

She said: “As Oprah interviews Harry he fiddles with his wedding ring to signal anxiety or discomfort and a desire to self-comfort by invoking his wife’s presence. 

“His elbows are splayed to suggest control and confidence but his legs are crossed in a barrier.”

According to Judi, Harry’s body language is “full of contrasts”.

She explained: “There is a self-comfort thumb-rub at one point but then a forward steepling of the fingers to suggest status and control the next. 

Reflecting on the trauma he felt after his mother’s death in 1997, Harry explained how he turned to unhealthy coping mechanisms.

He said: “I was wanting to drink, wanting to take drugs.

“I was wanting to do the things that made me feel less like I was feeling.

“But I slowly became aware that, okay, I was drinking Monday to Friday, but I’d probably drink a week’s worth on a Friday or Saturday night.

“I would find myself drinking, not because I was enjoying it, but because I was trying to mask something.” 

Harry also spoke about how Prince Charles allegedly told him that he would suffer the same problems he did.

He said: “My father used to say to me when I was younger, he used to say to both William and I, ‘Well it was like that for me so it’s going to be like that for you’.

“That doesn’t make sense. Just because you suffered doesn’t mean that your kids have to suffer, in fact quite the opposite. 

“If you suffered, do everything you can to make sure that whatever negative experiences you had, that you can make it right for your kids.”

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WhatsApp block will not go ahead! Chat app confirms controversial change scrapped, for now

WhatsApp has been desperately trying to get its billions of users to sign up to new terms which were expected to come into force on May 15. Those not agreeing to the update faced being blocked from sending or receiving messages after that date but it seems the Facebook-owned firm is now be backtracking on this controversial update.
The chat app has now updated its FAQ page which reveals that no one will have their accounts deleted or lose functionality of WhatsApp on May 15th because of this update. Until now, the company has been vocal about how it will stop anyone who hasn’t signed on the dotted line using the app but that’s now all changed.

In a statement sent to Express.co.uk a WhatsApp spokesperson confirmed “We’ve spent the last several months providing more information about our update to users around the world. In that time, the majority of people who have received it have accepted the update and WhatsApp continues to grow.

“However, for those that have not yet had a chance to do so, their accounts will not be deleted or lose functionality on May 15. We’ll continue to provide reminders to those users within WhatsApp in the weeks to come.”

It’s unclear why WhatsApp has made this drastic move but it could simply be that millions haven’t said “yes” to the new terms and the company is worried about so many people losing access. Many had been left hugely unhappy about the change to WhatsApp’s terms with plenty of users adamant that they would not be hitting the “agree” button.

Of course, WhatsApp hasn’t said that it won’t force fans to accept the T&Cs in the future but, for now, if you haven’t signed up you won’t lose access to chats on May 15.

This isn’t the first time WhatsApp has backtracked on its decision to block users who don’t agree to its terms. The original change was meant to come in back to February before being pushed back to May due to the outrage from users. 

So what is all the fuss about?

When WhatsApp first announced its updated terms towards the end of last year, many loyal users were concerned that it signalled more data-sharing between the chat app and its parent company Facebook.

However, WhatsApp is keen to point out that this is not the case. In the new message, the company says, “We can’t read or listen to your personal conversations, as they are end-to-end encrypted. This will never change. We’re making it easier to chat with businesses to ask questions and get quick answers. Chatting with businesses is optional.”

So if that’s the case what is the big deal about the new terms and conditions?

The upcoming changes do not enable Facebook to access any more data from your personal chats. In fact, it will only impact conversations with a business account – like a customer care line for an online brand, for example.

Even then, the data that can be accessed between these optional interactions with business accounts will not apply in the UK or mainland Europe, thanks to tough EU regulations on data-sharing practices.

In a recent blog post WhatsApp has tried to calm fears about the upcoming change with the firm saying: “As a reminder, we’re building new ways to chat or shop with a business on WhatsApp that are entirely optional. Personal messages will always be end-to-end encrypted, so WhatsApp can’t read or listen to them.

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Holly Willoughby's emotional chat with mum after crossbow attack

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Holly Willoughby became emotional on Tuesday’s This Morning as she spoke to Laura Sugden who has her life turned upside down by a recluse neighbour.

The mum was described as ‘brave’ by the ITV presenter after appearing on the show to share her heartbreaking story.

Laura, who was five months pregnant at the time, openly shared how the horrific attack cost her unborn child’s dad his life.

Laura’s partner Shane Gilmer was shot with a crossbow by neighbour Anthony Lawrence at his home near Driffield on January 12, 2018. Read more here.

Deranged neighbour Lawrence lay in wait for Laura and boyfriend after breaking into their home via shared loft by removing bricks.

The killer was later found dead in a vehicle, but Laura has confessed she wish she could have shot him herself.

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Laura Sudgen shared the harrowing story on This Morning on Tuesday
Laura Sudgen shared the harrowing story on This Morning on Tuesday

While speaking about her experience on the sofa, Laura was comforted by an emotional Holly as she shared how her daughter, who was born following the death of her partner, has been the shining light in this difficult period.

She gained a motherly connection with Holly as she confessed the birth of her daughter Ella has saved her mental health following the traumatising experience.

Holly applauded fellow mum Laura for her bravery about speaking out on the show.

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Holly said: “You say the only thing that’s helped you cope is the birth of your daughter and having her…”

Laura said: “Oh yeah absolutely, she’s incredible.”

Holly added: “Your strength in being able to sit here and tell your story is incredible, I can’t imagine how difficult this is for you.”

Anthony Lawrence: The crazed crossbow killer who targeted a loving father
Anthony Lawrence: The crazed crossbow killer who targeted a loving father

The pair glanced at one and other with teary eyes but Laura appeared to feel comforted by the mother-of-three Holly.

Laura became emotional when discussing both her partner Shane and daughter, but appeared stern and angry when discussing Lawrence.

Describing the full terror of that night in January 2018, Laura told how she found her “odd, hermit” neighbour hiding in the bedroom of her then three-year-old daughter Isabelle who was staying with family overnight.

She and Shane, housing workers with East Riding of Yorkshire Council in Beverley, had just got home after a Friday date night at Gino D’Acampo’s Hull restaurant, where they talked excitedly about their wedding plans and their impending baby, when Laura spotted a dark stain on her upstairs hall carpet.

Suspicious, she gingerly pushed open the door of her daughter’s room to find murderous Lawrence wearing a head torch in the darkened room and pointing his crossbow at her.

Laura said: “I had this feeling somebody was in. No, I had the feeling that HE was in my house.

Shane Gilmer was killed in Southburn after neighbour Anthony Lawrence shot him with a crossbow
Shane Gilmer was killed in Southburn after neighbour Anthony Lawrence shot him with a crossbow

“When I opened the bedroom door, the light from the bathroom shone into the room and I could see it was Tony and that he had something in his hand. I thought at first it was a gun.”

Sudgen told Holly and Phillip Schofield that Lawrence’s death does not bring justice to her family, and she wish she could have shot him herself.

“There’s no justice. There wouldn’t have been any justice if he would have survived, if he had been here.

“I don’t think prison would have been enough and it certainly would have left me unsettled forever.

“I think I would have felt something more if I had been able to put that bolt in him at that time.”

Laura is now campaigning for tighter regulations around crossbows, which can easily be bought online for around £150.

Her calls are now backed by Shadow Home Secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds.

Laura Sudgen is now campaigning for laws to be changed by the possession of a crossbow

Laura’s appearance on the show was driven to spread awareness of crossbows, and the frightening reality that people are able to buy them so easily.

She said: “Yes, there’s no regulations to have a crossbow.

“That’s what my campaign is for to ensure that they have the same regulations as what it is for having a shotgun.

“They are just as fatal, caused a number of injuries, and ruined families.”

“I’m not going to ever stop anybody being murdered ever again that’s not what I am trying to do but there’s not really a purpose for a crossbow to be had.

“And if there is what I am trying to achieve is not going to prevent that, they just have to obtain a license to have one.”

To which Holly replied: “Which is a perfectly reasonable request considering it ruined your family.”

The campaign is called #shaneslaw and is said by Laura to be found across social media, or the UK Parliament website.

It has amassed 20,000 signatures in 24 hours.

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Oprah says Meghan and Harry text her saying they wanted to share 'the truth' before chat

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This read: “The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan.

“The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.”

Oprah, in her talk with Nancy, revealed she was “surprised” by Meghan and Harry’s comments.

She added: “I’m like, ‘What? You’re going there? You’re going all the way there’, about her thoughts at the time.”

The presenter continued: “I had no idea that it would have the reverberating impact it has had and continues to have. I did a lot of preparation for that.”

WhatsApp warning: New scam lets anyone 'easily' block your chat app

WhatsApp users are being warned about a glaring security issue with the world’s most popular messaging app. The threat allows attackers to lock you out of your account by deactivating your WhatsApp. And what do bad actors need to wreak all this havoc? Nothing more than your phone number.
The terrifying new scam was first highlighted by a security expert writing in Forbes. Anyone can be blocked from their account in 36 hours, security researchers Luis Márquez Carpintero and Ernesto Canales Pereña have cautioned.

The attack can be carried out as literally anyone can install WhatsApp on their device and enter in a mobile number belonging to someone else during the initial account set-up process. If someone does this, then you will receive texts and calls from WhatsApp giving you a crucial six-digit code needed to complete the setup process.

Unless a hacker someone manages to get you to send across this code, the likelihood of them managing to guess it is nigh-on impossible. So what would happen is an attacker would attempt to enter in this crucial code, and keep on failing.

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WhatsApp can then lock a user out of their account, without verifying the person getting in touch via e-mail is the same person that has the phone number provided. If the attacker waits until the second 12-hour cycle begins, then by the time the third one kicks in WhatsApp appears to break down.

Instead of being told that new set up codes can be created in 12 hours time, WhatsApp tells a user to try again in minus one seconds.

If the attack has progressed to this point, and the attacker has messaged WhatsApp support before a victim has, then the target will face a major headache trying to retrieve their account. Researchers said by this point it’s “too late” and instead of dealing with an automated help system a victim will have to try and track down someone to speak to in person.

Speaking about the threat, ESET’s Jake Moore said: “This is yet another worrying hack, one that could impact millions of users who could potentially be targeted with this attack. With so many people relying on WhatsApp as their primary communication tool for social and work purposes, it is alarming at what ease this can occur.”

While a WhatsApp spokesperson said “providing an email address with your two-step verification helps our customer service team assist people should they ever encounter this unlikely problem. The circumstances identified by this researcher would violate our terms of service and we encourage anyone who needs help to email our support team so we can investigate.”

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Piers Morgan teases tell-all TV chat about GMB exit: 'Was I silent, or was I silenced?'

Piers Morgan, 56, will be appearing on Tucker Carlson Today on Fox Nation to discuss being “cancelled”. Piers is expected to discuss his controversial Meghan Markle comments as well as his Good Morning Britain exit in the “wide-ranging” chat.
Piers teased the new interview on his Twitter today in front of his 7.9 million followers.

He said: “UPDATE: On Monday, I will give my first interview since leaving Good Morning Britain to @TuckerCarlson on his new @foxnation show, with highlights that evening on his @FoxNews show.”

“Was I silent, or was I silenced?,” added Piers with a laughing face emoji.

Tucker will be presenting the one-hour interview with the outspoken presenter on Monday, April 5.

The 51-year-old Fox Nation host confirmed the news in a video teasing the segment.

He said: “So, Piers Morgan was banished from television for asking a simple question: how is it that the most privileged people in our society get away with posing as the most oppressed?

“And for asking that, of course they crushed him, they took his job away.

“On Monday we will speak to Piers Morgan for his first on camera interview since he was cancelled.”

READ MORE: Tucker Carlson hits out at Meghan Markle ‘posing as oppressed’

Although, this is by no means the first time the presenter has spoken about what happened.

He has been very active on his social media about his exit.

This included Piers publically standing by what he said in a tweet on March 10.

He wrote: “On Monday, I said I didn’t believe Meghan Markle in her Oprah interview.

Sharon Osbourne to LEAVE US chat show The Talk after Meghan Markle Piers Morgan row

“As it was clear the co-hosts were not properly prepared by the staff for a complex and sensitive discussion involving race.

“During this week’s hiatus, we are coordinating workshops, listening sessions and training about equity, inclusion and cultural awareness for the hosts, producers and crew.

“Going forward, we are identifying plans to enhance the producing staff and producing procedures to better serve the hosts, the production and, ultimately, our viewers.”

The Talk is set to return in the US on CBS on April 12.